World Wide Web Documentation

I know everything. Sorry, I have to say that once in a while — it keeps my confidence up. I do, however, know a lot about the World Wide Web, also known as WWW, the Web, the World Wide Wait, New Fangled Technology, Buzzword City, the Latest Buzzword, and Home.

I will attempt to cover everything necessary to do some real stuff on the Web, including dynamic Web pages, Cascading StyleSheets (CSS), the eXtendsible Markup Language, ECMAScript (a.k.a. JavaScript), and maybe some other stuff (protocols? servers?). You are welcome to submit your own information as well.

My current data is on the Regular Old Text Formatting Language (ROTFL), Information eXchange System (IXS), and a little bit on the HyperText Markup Language (HTML).

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One of the more interesting things about this time period was how little anyone knew about what we were doing. The idea that I knew a lot about the Web when I was 17 is not very preposterous in comparison with what the most experienced Web developers — which was not even a word then; how about "Web master" instead? — knew at the time.

HTML itself was so new and lawless that the idea of competing standards, some of which I made up, was cute but possible. The very idea of having standards on the Web was new at this time.

[I fixed a typo on this page.]